Pony clubbers out in force

Last updated 05:05 07/11/2013
Kelly Gerken
Kelly Gerken, 22, of Waikaka, with her horse Lady Marmalade.

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With excellent weather and ground conditions, good courses and entries on a par with previous years, the organisers of Northern Southland 45th Pony Club show celebrated another successful event. 

Show secretary Aileen Grant said: ''Entries came from across Southland and some from Otago.'' 

''We have done well as there was a dressage day in Gore today as well.''

''This was the first show jumping event day of the year so people were keen to enter and try out their horses and ponies for the new season, leading on to other South Island events such as the Christchurch show.''

''There were pony club entries from seven different clubs from Otago and Southland which is very encouraging,'' Northern Southland district commissioner  Jane Beer, from Dipton said.

''There were seven entries in show pony classes when we had none last year.''

Waikaka's Kelly Gerken, 22, was thrilled to win the Northern Southland Pony Clubs' Founders Challenge Cup for the open horse round the ring, donated by the Gibson family.

''I have been coming here to compete since I was 4 years old and this is the first time I have won, which is exciting,'' Kelly said.

''I have been riding Lady Marmalade for five years.''

Mrs Grant said: ''We had five sets of twins competing at our show which is an amazing feat.''

''There were two sets of identical twins in the lead rein, 5-year-olds Eilish and Clodagh Greene, from Mandeville and Rebecca and Kirsten Armitage, 6, from Centre Hill. Then others competing included the 13-year-old  Hazlett twins, Isabelle and Siohban, from Southland. Also Montana and Carter Hewson, 9, from Wanaka, as well as 12-year-old Jasmine and Willow Gilder from Gore.'' 

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